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Posts Tagged ‘Columbus City League North Division.’

CITY LEAGUE NORTH DIVISION FOOTBALL: Centennial dominates Columbus East, 54-24

GAME REPORT FROM RICK PRICER

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The Centennial Stars were only 1-9 last season under Mark Shaffer.

Entering the head coaching chair in 2013 is former defensive coordinator Donte Goosby and the Stars are one of the most improved teams in the Columbus City League North Division at 5-3, 3-2.

Host Centennial rolled up a 28-0 lead Friday night en route to a 54-24 domination of Columbus East (1-7, 5-0).

Jeremy Johnson threw five touchdown passes; Darsean Watts rushed for 196 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.

James Curry led the visiting Tigers by throwing for 171 yards and rushing for 67 more.

CITY LEAGUE NORTH DIVISION FOOTBALL: Northland slows down improved Whetstone, 33-24

(file photo)The Whetstone Braves used to be also-rans in the Columbus City League's North Division in football.

GAME REPORT FROM DUKE SHANNON

The Whetstone Braves used to be also-rans when it came to football in the Columbus City League North Division.

That was prior to the 2012 season.

Since then, Don Poff has taken over as the head coach and Hank Patterson is the offensive coordinator and the Braves team has made opponents located North of Broad Street, to take notice that they are no longer an easy mark.

The Braves are 4-4, 2-3 this season. But they ran into a buzzsaw at Northland Friday night in a 33-24 defeat.

The Vikings, under head coach Kevin Tooson, are now 6-1, 4-1 on the season.

Four Vikings players scored at least one touchdown to seal the win.

Northland survived the passing exploits of Whetstone QB Ramroth Finnegan, who threw for four touchdowns on the night.

Northland is an offensive juggernaut themselves as they gained 648 yards in the game, 394 rushing and 254 passing.

There were seven lead changes in the game before Northland scored the game-winner on a 26-yard TD pass from Nick Fischer to Glenn Smith.

COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE: Beechcroft keeps Mifflin winless with 72-67 triumph

 

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GAME REPORT FROM PAUL DRAKE

 

The Beechcroft Cougars have a nice foursome on the basketball court this season with Maurice Hale, Khaleed Franklin, Robert Martin and Linden-McKinley transfer Patrick Ngene.

Friday night against Columbus City League North Division rival Mifflin, the Cougars only needed three of the four to lead them to a win.

Franklin with 26 points, Ngene with 20 and Martin with 19 combined for a total of 65 points in leading Beechcroft to their initial win of the season, 72-67. Ngene pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.

 

The Cougars are 1-1, 1-0.

Mifflin falls to a disappointing 0-3,0-1 in the final season for 14-year head basketball coach Gene Caslin.

Mifflin tried to rally late in the game but could not contain the Cougars scoring trio.

J Murrell led Mifflin with 15 points.

 

Centennial edges Brookhaven with 2.3 go in regulation, 62-60 on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE

 

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It has been years since the Centennial Stars have beaten Brookhaven.

The two Columbus City League North Division rivals usually finish second and third respectively to kingpin Northland.

Last year, Brookhaven lost twice only to Northland in the North; Centennial lost to Northland and Brookhaven.

Friday night on Megasportsnews.com’s HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE broadcast, the Stars seemed determined to win the key early season matchup between the two schools.

There were several keys to the game that enabled the Stars to pull out the game:

*They did not allow the Bearcats to run and gun which they are accustomed to.

* The Stars committed 21 turnovers, but not many against the aggressive Brookhaven press.

* Centennial did not allow Randall Clarkson, Kevin Greenhow and Ronnie Williams to score at will.

* The Stars scored 18 points in the 3rd and 4th quarters.

The game came down to the waning moments as Brookhaven rebounded a missed shot by Centennial with a minute left. The Bearcats worked the ball down to the :10 second mark before attempting a shot which was missed. In his haste to get the loose rebound, Clarkson ran into the Stars Gyai Gyamerah with 2.3 seconds left and the foul was called. Gyamerah calmly went to the free throw line and canned both shots for the 62-60 home win.

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The Stars (1-1, 1-0) were led by St. Charles transfer Christian Cumberlander with 13 points and Jamal Slappy with 11 points.

The only reason the Bearcats were in the game, was their free throw shooting (20-32) and the play of transfer Deiondray Martin who scored 20 points, all in the second, third and fourth quarters.

The Bearcats fall to 1-1, 0-1.

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Maurice Hale, QB/CB Columbus Beechcroft Cougars

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QB/CB Maurice Hale

The Beechcroft Cougars have been the football team to beat in the Columbus City League North Division for the past few years.

Yes, I realize there are the Brookhaven Bearcats, their arch-rivals; the Northland Vikings and the Mifflin Punchers in that division. However, the Cougars, under head coach Bruce Ward, in his fourth season, are 16-5 the past two seasons with a playoff appearance. Furthermore, the last North Division team to beat them was Northland.

The Cougars are still the team to beat despite losing the talents of James Duncan, Alpha Berry, Kevin Chappelle, James Clayborn, Shaquille Minnifield, Jalen and Jamar Rudolph through graduation.

One of the reasons Beechcroft is still the team to beat, are the talents of senior quarterback/cornerback Maurice Hale. He is also a top-notch basketball player for the Cougars.

Hale, who is 6’3, 195 pounds, rarely leaves the field. He is what they call an “athlete” in today’s football world. He also plays  long-snapper and place-kick holder. The only time the fans won’t see him on the field is on returns. He is that valuable to the Cougars success.

2011 was a breakout season for the talented Hale. He was awarded All-City League, All-District Division II honors. He set a school-record with 2,087 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 8 interceptions and rushed for over 900 yards.

Maurice Hale under the watchful eye of head coach Bruce Ward

Last season, Beechcroft was 9-2 in Division II, Region 7 and 7-0 in the City League North. They won eight games in a row to end the season. The Cougars were the seeded fifth in the playoffs, but lost at fourth-seeded Big Walnut, 14-7 in the first round.

That defeat has inspired the Cougars to do even better this year with less games in the regular season. Mostly all high school football team around Central Ohio opened the season on August 24. Beechcroft had a game with Columbus Independence on the schedule, but the 76ers wanted to play Columbus Mifflin instead and it left the Cougars hanging. But Coach Ward said “it gave us a chance to get in more practice time.”

Beechcroft is 2-1 going into this week’s encounter with the Whetstone Braves.

The Cougars started the season in Week 2 beating Dublin Jerome, 18-10; in Week 3 they lost 20-18 at St. Charles and in Week 4 they overpowered Centennial, 55-15.

Hale’s favorite target is WR Khaleed Franklin, who is a big, fast and physical player at 6’3, 200 pounds.

Hale used to play Safety, but Ward moved him to cornerback to cut down on injuries. Safeties with their free-style, open play and hard-hitting often get injured more than DB’s.

Beechcroft has played in the OHSAA playoffs 14 times. In 2009 and 2010, they finished 7-3 with a strong schedule but did not make it. They don’t want that to have again. Maurice Hale said the goal is the playoffs, always!

Beechcroft benefits from being located in a very nice neighborhood off State Route 161 in North Columbus, Ohio

 

 

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